‘Keep the Pad Unstuck’

Ben Britton in Battling the Sticky G-sharp Key:

The conventional wisdom that gets passed around is to clean the pad with pad paper or a dollar bill, but a bit of liquid soap and water (or just some water in a real pinch) can go a long way. Use a toothbrush if you can to be thorough.

Ben has some helpful tips to help un-sticking the G# key. I was familiar with the Dollar-note (ie.coffee-filter) and the oil one, but soap/water was new to me. I will give that try next time the key acts up. Which is probably tomorrow.

New York State Of Mind: Tenor-Solo

A transcription from Richie Cannata’s tenor solo on Billy Joel’s New State Of Mind

A student needed to play the solo and I tried to find a transcription. Since I couldn’t find a transcription online and had a little downtime I quickly made one myself.

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It’s a rather slow tune, which makes the rhythmical notation somewhat cryptic, and in a few spots I’m not entirely sure if everything is correct. But at least it should be in the ballpark, and it’s fun to play.

You can download the PDF here.

Bob Mintzer instructional videos on You Tube

This morning Jazz Video Guy shared a bunch instructional videos from Bob Mintzer, such as the above on Rhythm, on Building Jazz Improvisations from Classical Music, on Attack, Sustain Decay and usage of Motifs.

I have had the honor to have met and attended a class with Bob Mintzer and he also talked then about the idea of Motifs. This is great stuff and worth checking out. Thanks to the Jazz Video Guy for sharing.